Yet another post on abs...

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    Jul 25, 2007 4:29 PM GMT
    Okay, im to the breaking point. I rarely eat meat, I consume a hefty portion of protein daily, I eat mostly veggies and fruit (not a lot though, sugar and all) I do cardio/strength training and ab workouts.

    here is my question, why can't I loose the last bit of fat down around my lower abs and sides? Ive been working towards it for about 2 years and nothing! They say genetics, fine, okay my mother is a size double zero and my farther has a natural 8 pack, naturally and he doesnt even workout.

    Im to the point where Im so consumed by this I dont know where to even start. They say to get a proper ab workout you have to work all 5 parts of your abs, fine, I do....here is my question, im going to start going crazy on my lower abs/sides....but still working out the other parts but not nearly as much as i plan to spend on the lower parts. I feel like this is the only way or a friggin tummy tuck.

    What should I do??
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    Jul 25, 2007 5:24 PM GMT
    try these, hurt like a B*tch, but work wonders

    http://www.realjock.com/slideshow/888/6


    also, any reverse crunches will help that area. and also try abduction exercises for the inner thighs. This also seems to help
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    Jul 25, 2007 6:46 PM GMT
    Have you tried laying off the Budweisers? Just a thought.
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    Jul 25, 2007 7:33 PM GMT
    dude its one pic, I dont drink a lot, maybe once or twice a week, rarely beer, in fact im sure i was holding that one for a friend
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    Jul 25, 2007 7:38 PM GMT
    hmm... remind me not to have you hold my beer...
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    Jul 25, 2007 7:39 PM GMT
    well jus get surgery then lol
    wen in doubt suck it out
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    Jul 25, 2007 7:45 PM GMT
    Abs schmabs.
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    Jul 25, 2007 9:54 PM GMT
    There is no such thing as too many posts on abs;)
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    Jul 26, 2007 10:43 AM GMT
    pilates! windsor pilates even. you can never go wrong with 'em. Also, try searching apollo's belt. I've heard at the gym that will help tighten up that lower area.
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    Jul 26, 2007 2:26 PM GMT
    amp up the cardio. Excesive ab work outs are not going to help you lose the fat around your stomach. But, from what I'm told, it's a definate lifestyle change to maintain abs for some people, and sometimes it can be between those 2 beers a week or not.

    But, if you're not a runner, I would suggest heading out to the trail and running a half hour every other day, along side your other cardio.
  • DiverScience

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    Jul 26, 2007 2:38 PM GMT
    Myth 1: Spot training. It doesn't exist.

    Do all the abs you want, it won't burn fat off your abs. Excercise burns fat from all over. Last on first off rule applies.


    Myth 2: Fat is caused by lack of excercise. It's not.

    It doesn't matter (mostly) WHAT you eat. ANYTHING can be fat. That donut? Fat. That protein shake? Fat. Fat is your body's way of storing excess calories.






    So. There are two possible reasons you aren't losing weight.

    1) You're consuming more calories than you're burning, or exactly as much as you're burning. You will only lose weight if you burn more than you eat.

    2)You've cut back so far on fats that your body is storing every last bit of fat it can and burning your muscle instead. Remember, your body NEEDS fat to function properly. Your brain is mostly fat. Hardcore diets and complete removal of macronutrient classes can prevent weight loss as your body goes into starvation mode and conserves your reserves, burning your muscles instead.
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    Jul 26, 2007 5:57 PM GMT
    Diver, I concur. Slayer, keep doing the ab exercises but you don't say how much cardio you're doing. It can only be what your eating or how your eating or not enough calories expended which usually means....more cardio. Oh, and exactly how do you come up with 5 parts to your abs? Maximum there are 4, the transverse abdominus (which you can see visibly), the internal obliques, external obliques and the rectus abdominus.
  • NewDrew

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    Jul 27, 2007 3:53 AM GMT
    In my early 20's I'd do 100 situps a day and never got rid of it. Now at 50, I'm targeting the ABS and am in O.K. shape. I just don't think that I'll ever have a washboard stomach, but I'm perfect in every other way :) Drew
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    Jul 28, 2007 8:48 PM GMT
    Thanks for all the posts guys, I think in the end it comes to me not doing intense enough cardio. I do like 3 times a week for 25-30 mins and I dont think it is enough, so I'll up the cardio, keep on track with food (Im doing some more research of my preferred fruits and veggies and some of them are to high on that sugar index :( ). I guess I should be eating like 4 bananas a day ha.